Video: Condor's updated and lighter Super Acciaio
Condor launched an updated Super Acciaio with a new Columbus Spirit tubeset at the Cycle Show the other week
There is still life in steel, as this brand new Super Acciaio from London's Condor Cycles demonstrates. Introduced two years ago, the race-ready steel frame has undergone a significant change for 2014, switching to a Columbus Spirit tubeset, dropping the weight for a 55cm frame by 200g. A new Columbus carbon fork has shed a further 75g.
They've tweaked the profile of the main tubes to keep the high stiffness level of the previous frame, with a flat-sided top tube and a bi-ovalised down tube to create a larger interface with the tapered head tube. A new Grammy Slim fork from Columbus saves a further chunk of weight - it's a full monocoque carbon fork with tapered steerer tube and carbon dropouts.
The bottom bracket is still an oversized BB30 design, but it’s now machined from a single chunk of steel. The previous frame has a separate sleeve welded inside. The chainstays are noticeably curved, dropping down quite a bit in the centre.